WebHR – A Smart Personal HR Assistant

 

Intelligent assistants are driving things in directions where we would have never perceived they would. These smart assistants, or virtual assistants prove to be valuable, based on their accuracy and unbiased view of the scenarios. Most personal assistants have the capability to compile and bolster up statistics for higher executives, like emails, calendar invites, calendar events, files and enumerate a variety of tasks that need the utmost attention.

WebHR has introduced a personal HR assistant, which very smartly becomes a go-to, “smart HR manager”  It most likely, is an assistant, that is not just smart but automates daily repetitive tasks, sometimes acting as an HR manager that handles the data management without user induction or  interactions, predicting and representing the data as needed. WebHR’s personal assistant can be seen on Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and their physical device called “invoke”. WebHR performs different tasks using NLP and understands different users and evolves itself accordingly. its “Conversational UX” uses Bots and AI to simulate a conversation, creating a co-worker or an assistant that deals with your day to day HR related tasks.

WebHR is merging HR with AI enabled devices, specially “Amazon Echo” using its virtual assistant Alexa, which acts as your personal HR buddy. This is the next big thing people have been waiting for, the much needed leap, specifically for start-ups and emerging businesses that cannot afford costly enterprise solutions or large teams to deal with HR. This comes as a sigh of relief not just for them but for large corporations that intend on going futuristic and believe in the 4th industrial revolution, as this helps them work smarter and faster. The future of work has a lot of hype around it but very little is done to show on surface or has any real tangible benefits, WebHR believes in bringing real technology to work tables in offices around the world.

This new wave of automation and smart assistants  would let your “Amazon Echo”  “Microsoft’s invoke” Google’s “Home”  or any device to enhance your workplace productivity by minimizing the time required by actual people to do the same task. Leaders with vision and scope to do more, need tools like “WebHR” to empower them and equip them to provide a next-level connectivity to their teams at work. These thought leaders must realize the power to move ahead, step forward and be bold, bring their statements to life and shape up a unified motto of “innovation” and creativity, that sets them apart from the crowd.

When WebHR interfaces with Alexa, Cortana, home or any other smart device, it becomes the new assistant that not only answers your HR related queries but will also help you with tasks, such as, “Mark my attendance,” “I am going for lunch” “schedule a meeting”, “apply for sick leave”, “email me my pay stub ” etc. So when you implement AI in WebHR you open up a completely new perspective into your HR data by engaging in a conversation and asking for information from the system, such as “How many female employees we have? ” “who is present today?”, “Give me last year’s employee retention rate”, “Give me performance evaluation reports” etc.

This hands-free atmosphere gives one a sense of freedom, no screens, no wait periods to extract data and no hassle of switching screens.The top management may immensely benefit by having a quick access to their workforce data by analyzing/crunching key HR matrices such as, employee retention rate, employee turn over, payroll summary, head count (headcount by category, nationality, gender, age range etc). This helps bridge the gap between the management and HR data by allowing rapid reach to important decision making data and reports required to accelerate growth and prosperity of the company. This brings the spark back into your boring HR routines by quitting multiple apps to get your HR related work done, talk to “WebHR’s – Smart Personal HR Assistant” and get what you want in a simple more natural language.

With a continued hype around connectivity of these devices as the trend continues, WebHR surfaces as the first company ever, to have entered and bring a much needed innovation to the HR world. This is a huge untapped potential is an opportunity which a lot of companies are unfortunately missing out on. WebHR’s personal HR assistant will answer queries and perform actions via voice commands using a natural language user interface. Natural Language Processing, can give these smart assistants, a bit of a personality and that is where WebHR is headed towards, an HR manager with an elegant personality, which is a pleasure to work with. Since WebHR supports more than 20 languages, imagine what relief it is going to be on a global scale, when on the far corners of the world where English is not a native language, this provides them a platform of natural communication with their system to get the work done efficiently, without the barriers erected by language. An object placed at every desk, conversing with you in your language and performing tasks, that would otherwise have required a lot of time for completion.

Natural language processing (NLP)  is the ability to examine vocal input, analyze natural language application , and form voice output, which is the main rationale behind the current digital assistants  being referred to as intelligent. WebHR is an undisputed “pioneer” and has brought disruption to the HR industry because along with its claim of bringing an affordable corporate structured HR service, it is now also the first one to have gone a step further and has introduced HR services, through AI enabled devices. It has unlocked a hidden potential of providing a hands-free work environment which is a bliss for company heads and top managers. With these smart assistants becoming a rage, we must understand that they need to be secure and protected, connected to safe portals for the distribution of data and WebHR understands, that data security is the most important concern, when it comes to big organizations and companies.

Algorithmic vision empowered by virtual assistants are considered to be among the major recent technological upgrades and most promising consumer trends. Some visionaries affirm that digital experiences will gain a status-weight comparable to ‘real’ experiences, if not become more sought-after and prized. The trend is verified by a high number of frequent users and the substantial growth of worldwide user numbers of virtual digital assistants. In mid-2017, the number of frequent users of digital virtual assistants is estimated to be around 1bn worldwide. The market for speech recognition technology is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 34.9% globally over the period of 2016 to 2024 and thereby surpass a global market size of USD 7.5 billion by 2024. According to an Ovumstudy, the “native digital assistant installed base” is projected to exceed the world’s population by 2021, with 7.5 billion active voice AI–capable devices.

The possibilities of this innovation to spread like fire are immense and WebHR aims on exploring it all.  It intends on reducing work overload and intelligently transforms the way we view the data, eliminating the unnecessary details, bringing forth highly customized data analytics designed for workplace optimization.

Revolutionizing HR Through AI

Societies and cultures tend to re-model and re-shape themselves, corresponding to changing times and trends. The scientific innovations and inventions have changed the face of the world as we see it. People have always led businesses working in clans, groups or teams, varying in methods and techniques to handle them. The sense of belonging has shaped and modeled the way they work, a common belief and motto has driven them to stick to certain schools of thought and work accordingly. From pre-historic era to the modern day world, things have moved and modified to fit certain, standard benchmarks. The people who lead and direct their work patterns become the decision makers, hence organizations, institutes and businesses tend to hunt, hire and retain employees using a wide variety of techniques. People have always been attracted to equipping themselves in a far superior way, than has been practiced previously. With a technical transformation in every walk of life, people management has also come a long way, upgrading itself to match the needs of the future tech world.

The importance of educating and incorporating sophisticated methodologies to transform teams at work, has come a long way. From archaic paper based record keeping, to electronic way and all the way to using artificial intelligence, to performing complex tasks, HR industry is in a constant momentum. Leaders around the world are following the non-stop pace of innovation. It is now a widely accepted truth, that the need to automate and simplify people management has brought up the need for AI, to be effectively merged with several HR components. The modern age companies have evolved and are ripe to leap forward and allow cognitive computing, to make operations simplified and automated.

WebHR‘s AI capabilities came into focus, when no other company was even paying attention towards it. It had designed high-tech tools to simplify and innovate overall employee experience. It has broadened the horizons and has created a thought leadership pattern, incorporating critical intelligent dimensions, helping companies formulate business strategies. According to an IBM survey, 66 percent of the CEOs and Leaders of organization believe that AI and cognitive computing will play an important role in HR transformation. The change is imminent, some companies and leaderships might not realize what they are missing out on, yet. Having said that, many believe that automation and AI tools, not just empower their teams at work but also help them make smarter, more intelligent future tactics that strengthen their core strategies.

Even if AI might be valuable to have in place, to help automate workflows, a lot many speculate that it might not fit their allocated budgets for HR. WebHR is the only HR company, that has re-vamped the old and aged methodologies, bringing forth modern tools, that are quick to install and cost effective. The Global trend and migration to cloud technologies, from large enterprises to small companies has urged WebHR, to bring a novel pricing plan, that fits all criterion and budgets. The Global reach, has allowed the company to extensively research and navigate a vast varieties of cultures and norms, and bring forth a customized tool for them. With an impressive presence in 197 countries, the tech team at WebHR has seen closely, all the pain points, when it comes to HR processes.

The delightful surprise, is that, most companies and businesses, no matter what the size, always show interest towards such scientific advancements. There is always an ever present knack and curiosity to know more about it and learn to use it, for their benefits. WebHR is probably the only HR app at Amazon’s Alexa skills marketplace and Microsoft’s physical device called “invoke”, making it a pioneer in hands-free HR assistance. WebHR’s chatbots and AI capabilities make it easier for the user to navigate and perform HR related tasks with ease and efficiency.

From on-boarding, to vacation requests, to team training, to hiring process, to obtaining critical business reports, WebHR makes these processes predictable and faster. These automated business intelligence reports, help the management make informed decisions. These reports, present the data in interesting graphical presentation and maps, that show a clear picture of the recent trends at the business during different quarters, annual, bi-annual, monthly, daily or hourly, with just a few clicks. These things keep the management in the loop with all the key decisions taken, at all the levels of hierarchy within the organization.

WebHR helps bring AI automation, to low-value repetitive tasks, that take up a lot of valuable time, spent on them. This measure helps bring focus back to, more important, attention worthy business operations, that require a team’s undivided attention. A step or two towards these areas of focus, without worrying about menial tasks, has a greater impact on an organization and contributes to its success, in the longer run.

WebHR‘s analytical capabilities make it a go-to portal for an intelligent more comprehensible insight into the business. The data driven results are imperative to help remove, man-made glitches, errors and biases. When the data is accessed through such tools, all humanly errors are eliminated, making it more accurate and time efficient. In a fast paced world, missing out on these things could cause an enterprise a huge set back and result in a substantial loss of valuable capital. The idea of bringing financial gains through optimizing workflows through AI and emphasizing the need to equip people at work, is the mainstay belief of WebHR.

 

WebHR Placed in Gartner’s Top Quadrant

WebHR has again been placed on the 2017 FrontRunners quadrant for HR software!

More than 390 products were evaluated, and those with the top scores made the quadrant. Feel free to check out our placement here: https://www.softwareadvice.com/hr/#top-products

WebHR has steadily climbed up in ranks and feels pride in being placed in the top quadrant at Gartner, the most reputable institution for evaluating the companies in this space. The key performance indicators have been positive for the past two years and WebHR’s Global presence sets it apart from others. It is considered as boon for most organizations, as it is the most comprehensive HCM suite present to this date and is also considered as the most affordable software for companies of all sizes. WebHR’s motto and its ambition is to upgrade the workplace connectivity and bring a facebook like platform to connect the teams at work. It has revolutionized the way we think HR and has created an X factor when its comes to going an extra mile, with no set up costs and free training of the software, it takes into consideration the longevity of its relationship with its clients in almost all time zones on the globe.

The future of workplace has been envisioned by our visionary leadership and a constant merge of technology with the traditional tools is re-directing it towards automation where it is needed. WebHR’s has also been named as the one of the only useful HR app on Amazon Alexa, was a launch partner for Microsoft’s Cortana device “Invoke ”  which also supports WebHR. The advancements in the field of HR using AI has again been the reason WebHR is one of the most innovative HR firm and is a pioneer in doing things way before the rest. It is also destined to be the one of the only Global Payroll provider, along with everything required to manage your people, bringing an All-in-One HR that meets demands before they are created.

WebHR wishes to improve the office lives by bringing teams at work closer and by making people management simpler and faster.

Another Milestone – WebHR & Microsoft’s Cortana Collaborate !

Like the widespread popularity of Amazon’s Echo and its interface with other physical electronics, businesses and apps with its assistant called “Alexa”, this is the year for Microsoft’s “Invoke” to enter into our lives. It has shattered all boundaries and with its highly superior AI ventured into everything we can imagine. With Microsoft’s extensive experience, in the field of AI and mixed reality, there is no doubt that Cortana will take this space to a new heights.

This year has been the most busiest at WebHR, we have announced huge game changing moves in the field of HR and are moving at rocket pace to get them done. For example, we were a proud and the only HR platform on Amazon Alexa’s skill this year and their Echo devices became “the HR managers” for an innovative workplace environment.

Having said that WebHR didn’t stop at that, as the fast pace of innovation is the mainstay themes of everything done at WebHR, Microsoft’s team reached out to WebHR and urged them into integrating with their “Cortana skills kit” just like we did with Amazon. Microsoft informed us of their intentions to launch a physical device empowered by Cortana. This is the glorious year when Microsoft has announced to go beyond mobile and desktop and spread it’s AI wings to their very first device “Invoke”

Invoke looks the same magnificent cylindrical shape as Amazon Echo but has a metallic Harmon Kardon speaker cabinet. Apart from its physical attributes and classy looks, it is determined to bring ease of automation to a large number of varied fields. That is where WebHR comes in, it shares a common goal and mission with Microsoft to bring AI and automation to workplace, to bring more interactive and connected teams, to challenge the past practices, to break the way offices work and to provide a pedestal of advancements improving the work culture. It shows the capability of WebHR and Cortana to get things moving faster not for just large and innovative corporations but also for small and medium enterprises.

Invoke goes beyond being an assistant, it collaborates with WebHR’s advanced integration platform and empowers the future trends of workplace. WebHR had the privilege to be at the Microsoft’s build conference 2017, which was larger than life in every possible way. WebHR was invited to be a part of their launch for their “Cortana powered device called Invoke” as their launch partners and was proud to be displayed as the very first and probably the only business app on their skill sets. This mighty beauty called Invoke can make your offices look like something from the future or more so like the movie “HER” where, you would be able to communicate with the devices and do most of the HR data analysis, this would be your Go-To manager by default.

As easy as it looks and feels like a seamless process, WebHR had to go over a multi-layered complex mechanism to attain this capability. ” It is a developer’s delight to work with Microsoft’s team” – something I hear my team saying constantly. They were always praising Microsoft’s prompt responses and unfaltering support at all times. The Cortana skills kit before going live was available to our developers in its infancy and it was an honor to have worked with them so early on for WebHR’s integration with “Invoke”. WebHR already had a background with Alexa, so it made the process faster if not easier. Teaching Cortana to do what needs to be automated in HR is imperative, as it will make things not just simpler for a lot of large organizations and companies out there but it would help them analyze critical data quickly without any delays or wait time for the team to come up with reports and analysis.

Being at Microsoft Build 2017 was a learning experience and we took home a lot with us, most notably the way they plan “world domination”

 

 

 

 

Your Business Is Doomed ! – Here is why…

WebHR_EmbraceTheChange

 

“Winter is coming” – No it’s spring actually, so you can smile! The agonies are finally over, or are they?

Look around you and try to absorb the fast pace of change, if you haven’t been to a public park in a long while, now is your time to go sit in the sun ( like the one we have here in California )

Coming back to what I want to share with you, if you haven’t had a reality check I want to send you to a verbal intervention, shake you up a bit. If you own a business, buckle up! I want you to rise from your sweet slumbers and witness the global shift in the way businesses work these days.

There was a time when big corporations ( the sharks) reaped all the benefits and dominated in every area you can imagine.

Fast forward to “today” where we see startups and small companies taking over the world. Something that was unimaginable 10 years ago.

Imagine, what your company is doing with 50 employees and the same is done by a 3 employee company, even more efficiently, what would you do?

Scary! isn’t it?

Sears, JC Penny, RadioShack etc these are the outlets we millennials have been visiting since we were  small kids, looking at them fading away today just breaks our hearts.

How to save them?

After every few decades, there is a paradigm shift, that changes the whole scenario and if you are not fast enough to move to the next paradigm, you will be left out.

AI, AR, VR, ML, NLP – Are these all just buzz words? I don’t think so, I think you cannot step into the future without them.

If your company does not board this super sonic flight of innovation, it will bite the dust and evaporate eventually.

In today’s age if your company is not well equipped with tools of technology, a startup will eat your lunch and eventually replace you.No matter how harsh it sounds, this is the reality. Kind of like what Uber is doing to the Taxis and AirBnB is doing to the hotels.

“You can run, you can hide but you cannot escape this apocalypse”

So, what is it that you are missing out on?

And what can you do to make sure, your company lives to see another day ?

  1. Get WebHR, sit back and relax and “walla” you are done! – “NO!” JK! There is much more that you have to do, Such as –
  2. Equip with technology in every possible way
  3. Go mobile wherever you can
  4. Meet remotely as much as you can
  5. Cut your costs and avoid extensive cash burn
  6. Automate! automate! automate!

Technology:

Fifteen years ago, businesses without a website were considered as stone-age companies, of course your business has a website today but does it have a chatbot?

Chatbots are a great way to engage with your customers by not hiring, expensive support team.

Of course a chatbot cannot replace a human but trust me, it can handle 60% of their tasks efficiently. The way 1-800 replaced a lot of customer support representatives 10 years ago. Today chatbots are replacing 1-800s

Go Mobile :

If your business is tied to a building, you should consider going mobile wherever you can. Gone are the days of brick and mortar, lets not forget, that every individual is equipped with state of the art smart phone in their pockets, who wants to have access to your business even when they are pooping!

 

Meet Remotely :

GoToMeeting, Xoom, Skype, Hangouts, etc these are some of the ways we are suppose to meet people these days, rather than flying or driving – That’s so yesterday !

Technology has made communication so fast and efficient that you can have a meeting with a prospect client based in Japan at 9:30 am and with another client in San Francisco at 10:00 am.

I met a few people probably in their 60s last month and they were constantly flying back and forth to meet their clients, result? They were out of business soon! I say cut the cost and cut the crap!

Avoid Cash Burn :

Let me just ask a simple but very important question, “Do you have to hire expensive HR people, when you can do the same for just $50 Amazon Echo device? ”

Think of cost cutting, a drone can bring versus the delivery guy. I feel sorry for all the jobs that technology will cut  – but this is unavoidable!  Time and again we have seen and witnessed the downfall of large corporations with more employees than some countries in this world, some of them just hiring to look bigger and the rest to burn the cash they got from making a fool out of wealthy people. The amount of pain and agony that some very dedicated teams have to go through, when the companies realize that they don’t have enough to have such large teams and begin their process of downsizing. The anger and resentment is just part and parcel of those procedures.

 

Automate :

Every industry is taking enormous advantage of automation revolution. Why should the small and medium companies be left out? If I must say, this is your chance to compete directly with the big bosses or the large enterprises. Regardless of what industry you are in, you can make a huge impact and set the sails of success in the right direction. This is when you define the character of your company by displaying the kind of ambitions and motto you follow. Be a champion by embracing the innovation and the boon of triumph will be served to you in the golden platter.

 

Technology is the only enabler that has brought everyone on the same page. Today any small or a medium company can buy sophisticated software, that were only affordable by large enterprises few years ago. Software as a service ( SaaS ) is becoming the de facto or mainstream choice for the companies, to acquire all of the latest tools at the fraction of a price.

You too, can survive the wave of innovation and stay afloat by using it as your “life buoy”